Enabling a culture of free knowledge we seek to contribute to global sustainability, as that is the greatest challenge of our time. Consequently the FKI is branching out into new domains selected on the basis of their pivotal place in solving sustainability challenges, with freedom as the core value and a a foundation of core knowledge and resources around free technologies.
Sustainability is broadly defined in terms of an integration of social, economic and environmental factors in securing the long term for future generations.
Starting small with a core team of four people, an Advisory Board of three and a collection of companions, advisors and volunteers, the FKI plans to expand organically as members of the growing community champion and drive their areas of interest. The FKI's role is to support the emergent communities through natural life-cycles of communities of interest and communities of practice, while refining our methodologies of community development and peer production of libre knowledge resources.
The pre-existing foundation focus areas (domains) of the FKI include free software, free/open standards, free/open education and free culture. New areas proposed for exploration during 2012 include free knowledge in science, free/open hardware design, renewable energy and biodiversity.
The following list provides access to each of the domains:
- Education :: free educational materials, tools and models
- Software :: free/libre software
- Standards :: open standards, free file specifications and formats
- Hardware :: free hardware, open design, free and open manufacturing
- Energy :: distributed, renewable energy sources
- Science :: open access, open scientific data, peer review
- Culture :: free culture, access to knowledge
- Biodiversity (on hold until more people want to take this up)